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Simply Spanish

#191 of 3,331 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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South Melbourne
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116 Cecil St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9682 6100
Sun 08:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to try a variety of tapas and would be back for that as it was amazing. The pork belly was magnificent.

Thank David C
Melbourne, Australia
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116 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's hard to walk by this place without wanting to go in. The huge paella pans out the front send wonderful aromas into the air and when you eat it you're never disappointed

Thank almago6
Wangaratta, Australia
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166 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place came up on my search engine when I was looking for Spanish cooking ingredients in South Melbourne and reading about it, we thought we should try it. We went on a Wednesday at lunchtime and it was totally packed. However the extremely efficient and pleasant mannered waiter found us a table promptly and we ordered one of their... More 

Thank RickandTatiana
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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130 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How can you resist a restaurant billed as the World's Best Paella outside Spain with a with a 2016 trophy to back it up! I went to the location at the South Melbourne Market in the early evening to beat the rush. Wasn't anything fancy but sat outside under sunny skies, had paella and a couple of cold beers, and... More 

Thank Sammy P
Perth, Australia
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I waited to write this review after visiting both the QVM and Cecil St sites. Staff were excellent and the food and beverage top class. However we tried the famous paella as a shared at Cecil St and agreed the rice seemed a bit grainy (uncooked) and the whole dish a bit stodgy. Our follow up was the pork belly... More 

Thank G M
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We entered this cafe without any high expectation for our late breakfast (almost brunch). I ordered french toast with fruits and my friend ordered salmon and egg ( we forget the name of our meals on menu) with tea and cappucino as our drink. And the taste of our meals are so good. Friendly staff and good service were completing... More 

Thank Mercy R
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When friends come to visit - who can be bothered to cook when there is a restaurant like this one within a 3 minute walk. A firm favourite with everyone I 've brought here - young, old, vegetarian, etc. Writing about it makes me want to go there now... The tapas and the paella and the wines always keep us... More 

Thank lozzie3205
Segur-le-Chateau, France
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80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a really fresh tasty seafood paella. Bustling, nice relaxed atmosphere and reasonably priced. Good friendly service. Not surprised that it has great trip advisor reviews.

Thank Deano_F1_UK
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Lively market atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food. Can't go wrong! Try the big pan paella and a sample of other tapas as you feel like it. All wonderful!

Thank James N
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Nice and cosy atmosphere if you are sitting inside. Very good service. Paella was nice and presentable, prawns were overcooked otherwise it would have been perfect.

Thank Penang F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11 - US$ 34
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 Cecil St, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > South Melbourne
  • Neighbourhood: South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9682 6100
Ever wandered the barrios of madrid, the backstreets of Barcelona or sampled the paellas of Valencia? Simply Spanish was established in 2009 from the South Melbourne Market to offer foodie enthusiasts a taste of Spain without having to wander too far from home. We are proud to welcome to our brand the new location at 10/555 Bourke St CBD with its vibrant charm and charisma, and our Queen Victoria Market location with its bustling energy sure to bring you back for more ....... Simply Spanish "Barriga Llena Corazon Contento"

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in South Melbourne

Neighbourhood Profile
South Melbourne
South Melbourne hosts the city’s oldest continuous market, founded in 1867. Rows of neatly arranged fruit, vegetables and flowers splash yellows, greens and reds along the entire perimeter, where the whole neighbourhood gathers for Saturday feasts. Inside the hall, shoppers hover over the mouth-watering displays of delicatessens and specialty food shops. Further in, a bazaar full of giftware, clothing, and kitchen utensils completes the scene. Take a break to walk the wide and shady streets and stroll along the Victorian-era heritage terrace houses. But return to the market in time for some paella, simmering in three large frypans on the footpath and served straight onto your plate.
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